If you’ve popped into an intu shopping centre in the last year, you may have found yourself jostling for position amongst a herd of elephants. Well, shopping centres can be funny places.

One hundred elephant statues make up the 2013-2014 Elephant Parade National Tour, which has been visiting the shopping centres around the UK since last summer to raise awareness for international conservation charity The Asian Elephant Foundation.

The first UK Elephant Parade was in 2010, when 250 statues filled the streets of London. Since then it has visited many cities around the world.

Prior to the parade taking to the road, artists around the UK decorated the life-sized baby elephants, as did celebrities such as Claudia Schiffer, Alex Jones from BBC One’s The One Show, Rylan Clark and Union J.

One of the artists taking part is Borehamwood costume designer and illustrator Sheara Abrahams.

“It’s a real honour to have been asked,“ says the 33-year-old.

“Decorating the elephant was actually quite daunting at first,“ she admits, “because with costume design it’s very different, it’s very flat. I was thinking about the scale, but I didn’t really know how it was going to fit around curves – the legs or the trunk or the ears.“

Sheara drew on her costume design background – having designed for the likes of The Wolf of Wall Street and Les Misérables – for her 1920s design, entitled Razzle Dazzle. She has incorporated a bold Art Deco pattern with a collage of 51 illustrations of women’s outfits that she designed especially for the project.

A schools programme was introduced last year in which pupils made up their designs into half-sized baby elephants which joined the main tour on part of its journey.

The 35-strong herd of vibrant elephant statues is now up for sale in an online auction, so if you fancy having Razzle Dazzle gracing your house or garden, you have until July 26 to bid for him.